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Charter Fitness Eyes Growth In St. Louis Market »

April 17, 2014 at 5:00AM PDT | Source: Charter Fitness
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Popular Health Club Looking for Qualified Franchisees For Individual, Multi-Unit Agreements
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLAND PARK, IL – Charter Fitness, one of the Chicago area's largest and fastest growing health-club businesses, has set its sights on the St. Louis metropolitan area as a market for growth. The company plans to build as many as 10 fitness centers in the area, and is actively seeking two to three franchise groups to own and operate these up to 20,000-square-foot facilities.
"St. Louis is an attractive market for our brand of fitness center and we offer the business entrepreneur a great opportunity to join us as a partner," said Michael Vogel, Charter Fitness senior vice president of development...

Juice It Up! Goes "All In" With New Raw Fusion »

April 16, 2014 at 12:14PM PDT | Source: Juice It Up!

The Flavor-Packed, Nutrient-Dense Juice Blend is High in Fiber and Low in Calories
IRVINE, CA - (Marketwired - Apr 16, 2014) - Juice It Up!, the nation's largest raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchise, is now offering its brand new Raw Fusion™ handcrafted juice blend, available at all 80 stores nationwide for a limited time. An industry-first in the raw juice bar segment, Raw Fusion, prepared in a blender, fuses together fresh whole fruits and vegetables to retain 100 percent of the fiber and nutritional properties found in each ingredient. At only 190 calories for the 20 oz. serving, Raw Fusion boasts 7 grams of dietary fiber and is designed to satisfy hunger, sustain energy and support digestive health.
"We are excited to introduce this truly innovative 'all in' product to our Juice It Up! guests and the juice bar industry as a whole," said Carol Skinner, Sr...

Eminem's "Till I Collapse" Voted Ultimate Workout Song In March Music Madness Competition »

April 16, 2014 at 12:08PM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Celebrities, Music Enthusiasts and Fans Alike Crown this Year's Winner of the "Battle of the Sexes" Themed Music Competition Hosted by Gold's Gym, Women's Health and Men's Health
DALLAS - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gold's Gym, the world's leading authority in health and fitness, with Men's Health and Women's Health, the world's best-selling fitness and lifestyle magazines, announced today that "Till I Collapse" by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg has taken the title of Ultimate Workout Song in this year's "March Music Madness" online tournament.
March Music Madness is an annual bracket-based competition to find out what gym-goers are listening to while breaking a sweat. Celebrities (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Ferrell, Trey Songz, Mickey Rourke and Brooke Shields), Gold's Gym members, fans and personal trainers all nominated their favorite workout songs...

CD One Price Cleaners Extends Market Reach With Opening Of 3 New Franchise Locations In Chicagoland Area »

April 16, 2014 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: CD One Price Cleaners

Industry Leading, One Price, Same Day Service Expands to Deerfield, St. Charles and Broadview
WESTCHESTER, Ill. - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Suburban Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners, an industry leader and franchisor in the $9 billion dry cleaning industry, is bringing its successful, value-driven, one price concept to three new markets in the Chicago area. Franchise agreements and store leases have been signed for Deerfield, St. Charles and Broadview, Illinois.
The largest dry cleaning and laundry operator in Chicago, CD One Price Cleaners has 30 franchise and company-operated "superstore" locations in the Chicago area. Since opening its first store in Lincolnwood, Ill. in 2001, the company has offered consumers a deeply discounted, one-price policy for all men’s and women’s garments and a same-day service policy (in by 10 a...

I9 Sports Announces Plans To Open Eight New Locations This Fall »

April 16, 2014 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: i9 Sports

Nation's Fastest Growing Youth Sports Franchise Seeks Personnel to Extend Growth
TAMPA, Fla. - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - i9 Sports, the nation's fastest growing youth sports league franchise announced plans today to open eight new company-owned locations in six metro areas as part of its expansion initiative. i9 Sports offers leagues, camps, and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today's most popular team sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball. The new locations will be in Naperville, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Nashville, Tennessee; and Dallas, Texas.
i9 Sports believes there isn't a better tool to teach a child the skills necessary to succeed in life than sports...

New Owner Of Minuteman Press Urges Others To Explore Self-Employment »

April 16, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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Finds Solace in Franchising after 16 Years in the Technology Industry
Redmond, Wash. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - JD Klein always knew he wanted to transition from a career in corporate sales and marketing to being a small business owner. He needed to find the right kind of business and a way to fund it. As a new Franchisee of Minuteman Press, made possible by the financial services of Guidant Financial, he’s rapidly growing his own company while preserving the flexibility to enjoy life outside of work with his family.
"I always wanted to be an entrepreneur," said Klein. "The timing was right to make a move given the economy and our life situation."
In his search for the perfect franchise, he visited a business broker website, which is where he found Guidant Financial...

Express Employment Professionals Releases A Book Entitled "Portraits Of Hope." »

April 16, 2014 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Upcoming Book to Profile 42 Inspirational Stories of Struggle and Success in the American Economy
Oklahoma City (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - As the American economy continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2008, Express Employment Professionals, the nation's largest privately held staffing firm, will release on April 16 a book entitled "Portraits of Hope," a collection of 42 stories of people who have overcome great obstacles to succeed in America. The book was authored and published to mark the company's 30th anniversary.
It includes stories of people seizing opportunities in the American economy to build a better life. Some were helped by friends and neighbors; others were guided by faith and determination. In each of their lives, they persevered in their struggles and were able to pick themselves up, find work and create new lives full of opportunity and hope...

Print Three Franchising Corporation Receives Franchisees' Choice Designation At CFA National Convention »

April 16, 2014 at 11:25AM PDT | Source: Print Three Franchising Corporation

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Print Three Franchising Corporation was honoured as a recipient of the Franchisees' Choice designation on April 7, 2014 during a Gala Awards Presentation at the 23rd annual Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is the fourth year for the annual Franchisees' Choice designation program.
The Franchisees' Choice designees are CFA member franchise systems who voluntarily took part in an independently-administered survey. This year, over 50 CFA member franchise systems participated in the survey and more franchisees completed the survey than ever before. Franchisees were asked to assess their franchisor in key areas of the franchise business model, including the franchisee selection process; franchisee Information package; leadership; business planning and marketing; training and support; ongoing operations; and the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee...

Century 21 China Real Estate Partners With South China Morning Post  »

April 16, 2014 at 11:19AM PDT | Source: Century 21

To Launch SCMP-CTC Leading Price Index for Secondary Homes
BEIJING - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - IFM Investments Limited (NYSE: CTC) ("Century 21 China Real Estate" or the "Company"), a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21® brand in China, today announced that it is collaborating with The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English-language newspaper, to launch the SCMP-CTC Index, a leading price index for secondary homes in Beijing and Shanghai.
Based on the hedonic pricing method, the SCMP-CTC Index is designed to provide investors, sellers and buyers with credible and detailed data that reflect seller sentiment around pricing trends. Beginning in April 2014, The South China Morning Post will use the Index on a monthly basis to supplement its analysis of the Chinese real estate market...

Chicken Dippers Rise As Newest Star Of 7-Eleven Hot Foods Menu »

April 16, 2014 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Retailer Adds 100% White Meat Pieces to Address Growing Snack Market
DALLAS - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - As meals and snacks continue to morph to interchangeable eating occasions, 7-Eleven, Inc. adds another small-snack, big-value item to its hot foods line-up.
Chicken Dippers are pieces of 100-percent, high-quality white-meat chicken with no fillers that are lightly breaded in a tasty coating and served with a choice of Ancho Chipotle, Ranch or Honey Mustard dipping sauce. A cup-holder in the specially designed Dippers packaging helps keeps the sauce from spilling. Six "dippers" and sauce are value-priced at $1.99 at participating 7-Eleven® stores.
"Since we launched hot foods nationally five years ago, our chicken breast tenders and wings have been top-sellers, so we know our customers love chicken," said Kelly Buckley, 7-Eleven vice president of Fresh Food Innovation...

FRANdata Announces Promotion Of Edith Wiseman To President »

April 16, 2014 at 10:03AM PDT | Source: FRANdata

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Arlington, VA -  FRANdata, the only independent research company that provides objective information, analysis and consulting about the franchising sector, today named Edith Wiseman President of the company. Edith Wiseman is a 15 year veteran of FRANdata. She has spent the last 5 years as the Executive Vice President and has played a pivotal leadership role in the strategic growth of FRANdata's Capital Access and Franchise Business Intelligence suite of solutions.
"In many ways FRANdata has become a reflection of Edith's talents and abilities. Not only does she have an encyclopedic knowledge of franchising, Edith's passion and infectious attitude raises the level of performance of all the people around her...

New Owner Of Jacksonville Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 Through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located in the Riverplace Shopping Center at 11111 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Jacksonville welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Jacksonville location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"The Jacksonville community has welcomed our store and product lines warmly, so we wanted to host this celebration to thank them for embracing us as a part of their community," El-Hawary said...

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening Of New St. Louis, MO Location »

April 16, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba® Makes Health and Wellness More Accessible With a Second St. Louis Store
EMERYVILLE, Calif.  - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jamba Juice Company, a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand announced today the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014. The new location is the second in the area and will be the second location for Jamba® franchise partner ShowMe Smoothies LLC.
"We are excited to expand the Jamba Juice presence in St. Louis with our new store on Olive Blvd," said franchisee Jerry Amsler of ShowMe Smoothies LLC. "This store provides another convenient location for guests to enjoy our nutritious and delicious menu offerings and for our brand to have an impact in the community by supporting local schools, youth sports and other local causes to encourage healthy living...

Johnny Rockets Lands At Syracuse International Airport »

April 16, 2014 at 9:47AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets

Demand Continues for Non-Traditional Restaurant Venues Across the U.S.
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, Calif. – As part of its commitment to serve more consumers where they live, work and play, Johnny Rockets is serving up non-traditional venues across the U.S., including theme parks, casinos, water parks and airports, where the Bureau of Transportation says more than 645 million passengers traveled domestically in 2013. To meet the needs of the on-the-go consumer, Johnny Rockets announces its entry into the Syracuse International Airport as part of the airport’s $63 million expansion.
"In recent years, we have seen an increased interest in Johnny Rockets restaurants in non-traditional venues, whether that be airports or entertainment venues, like Six Flags or casinos," explains James Walker, chief development officer at Johnny Rockets...

Starwood Hotels' Stylish Aloft Brand Debuts In Oklahoma City's Revitalized Bricktown District »

April 16, 2014 at 9:27AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown Caters to Next Gen Travelers with Leading-Edge Design, Intuitive Technologies and Live Music Programming
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its rapidly growing Aloft® brand has arrived in Oklahoma City. Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown opened today in an ideal location within a new mixed-use development in the revitalized Bricktown district. Owned by New Century Investments, new hotel features 134 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and a lively, social atmosphere.
"We are proud to launch Aloft in Oklahoma City's popular entertainment district, where we provide an atmosphere tailored to the next generation of travelers complete with authentic, modern design, innovative programming and live music performances at the W XYZ® bar," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Salons By JC Names Retired Air Force Major And Former Fantastic Sams Region Director Drew Johnston As VP Of Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: Salons By JC

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Salons By JC, the nation's fastest-growing salon suite franchise concept, announces the appointment of Drew Johnston as Vice President of Operations.
In his new role, Johnston will be responsible for maintaining, creating, and promoting the operational procedures within the corporate salons, while fusing those procedures and the Salons By JC culture into programs that will benefit the salon franchises. In addition, he will assist company co-founder Jack Griffey with the real estate piece of the company's franchise development efforts.
"Drew is a multi-talented and respected leader with highly regarded strengths in organizational leadership, administration and management," said Griffey...

Weight Watchers Announces First Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call »

April 16, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) will release its results for the first quarter 2014 after the NYSE closes on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
The Company has also scheduled a conference call on April 30th at 5:00 p.m. ET. During the conference call, James Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Hotchkin, Chief Financial Officer, and Dan Crowe, Chief Technology Officer, will discuss the first quarter 2014 results and answer questions from the investment community.
Live audio of the conference call will be simultaneously webcast over the Internet on the Company's corporate website, www.weightwatchersinternational.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on this site for approximately 90 days...

Bricks 4 Kidz Garners High Ranking On Top New Franchise List By Entrepreneur Magazine »

April 16, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
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Creative Learning Corporation's, Bricks 4 Kidz receives the #2 Top New Franchise ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine for March 2014. This accomplishment adds weight to the astounding growth that this concept continues to experience, globally.
St. Augustine, Florida (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, makes the prestigious list of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top New Franchises, ranking #2 in the March issue. A second accolade in as many months for the highly popular children's education program; setting the gold standard for enrichment franchises globally. "We are thrilled with this Top New Franchise award. Making the list is prodigious enough, but ranking as highly as we did is clearly a reflection of our incredible growth and dedication within the children's enrichment franchise industry," said Dan O'Donnell, Creative Learning Corporation COO...

La Madeleine Announces Promotion Of Susan Dederen To Vice President Of Culinary Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: la Madeleine

Company Leader Recognized for Decades of Influence on Renowned French Country Inspired Bakery-Cafés
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – la Madeleine Country French Bakery and Café, renowned for its uniquely warm and inviting French dining experience, has announced the promotion of Susan Dederen to vice president of culinary.
"A central tenant of the true la Madeleine experience is the carefully hand crafted French-inspired food. Nobody has done more for the continuous innovation of la Madeleine's kitchen in the last 20 years more than Susan." said John Cahill, chief operating officer of la Madeleine. "Susan's high standards and emphasis on quality has time and time again produced outstanding results...

New Kitchen Tune-Up Franchise Opens In Helena, Montana »

April 16, 2014 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up is now open inside the Sears Hometown Store in Helena, MT.
Aberdeen, SD, April 16, 2014 - (PR.com) - Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen & bath remodeling franchise, announces the opening of a new location in Helena, Montana. The company specializes in affordable kitchen updates, and the business is located inside the Sears Hometown Store at 3120 Dredge Dr. A partnership formed between Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. and Kitchen Tune-Up in 2013 as a way to provide additional services and create a one-stop shopping experience for customers.
“Kitchen Tune-Up is a great addition to our store,” said local Sears Hometown Store & Kitchen Tune-Up owner Sharon Kangas. “Our customers looking to purchase new appliances for their kitchen can also update their space with cabinet refacing, redooring, or wood restoration...



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